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Misinterpreted Racial Insensitivity In Africa.



Chinese Annual Spring Festival Gala

Monkey Stereotype

Charles Darwin’s Biological idea on Evolution of Man was theory, if it would have been authenticated, it would be principle. This is why 200 years after the birth of Charles Darwin, his theory of evolution still clashes with the creationist beliefs of some organized religions. For him personally, it meant the end of his belief in creation by God.

Charles Darwin thought his own theory was “grievously hypothetical” and gave emotional content to his doubts when he said, “The eye to this day gives me a cold shudder.” To think the eye had evolved by natural selection, Darwin said, “seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.” But he thought of the same about something as simple as a peacock’s feather, which, he said, “makes me sick”.


1. South Africa’s H&M became a victim in a racism scandal after an advertisement showing a black child model wearing a hoodie written “coolest monkey in the jungle” posted to the clothing chain’s online website.

The problem was not the writing in the jumper but a black kid in the jumper.

In 2015, the same company H &M came under criticism from a social media user for not featuring black models following the opening of their stores in South Africa. The company’s response via Twitter implied that white models were featured to create a ‘positive image’

2. Chinese ‘The Spring Festival’ which is a time to honour family ties, friendships and acquaintances turned sour racial rebuke from around the world.

That was what producers of the Annual Spring Festival Gala on China’s Central Television (CCTV) probably had in mind when they agreed to include a Comedy Skit about the growing ties between China and African countries called “Celebrating Together” (同喜同乐).

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They’re cultural artefacts that speak to domestic audiences and as such they’re refferd to as “Main Melody” a concept often attributed to China’s President in the 1990s, Jiang Zemin.

When these cultural artefacts are relevantly used and not as a tool of constant and intentional abuse, discrimination is where we ought to blow the whistle.

Below is the clip during the event.

3. The Inkhosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa ready for The continent’s largest tourism trade fair, Africa’s Travel Indaba.

You can see a monkey portrait which ‘is Racial’ and since it’s perceived to be racial, i expected South Africa’s EFF and Activists to storm the centre and take down the banners and authorities to deal with the Event organizers. This would absolutely not happen when the Organizers are Africans themselves and since it was cultural exhibition and if i’m wrong, ” How often do we get frustrated when fellow Africans use Monkey or Ape –Simians gestures or images?”

4. “So I was playing a game of Halo: Reach today with me and a couple friends earlier today. It was one of those game where only me and my friend had our mics plugged in so the match was silent. Then we piled into a Warthog and while we driving along I tell him to turn right he turns left and we got killed. I called him a “Stupid Monkey”. Before we even spawned at least two guys plugged in their mics and something to the effect of “You racist motherfucker!”. I quickly asked what the hell I said that offended them so much they felt the need to reach over and plug their mics to attempt in intimidate me. They said I can’t go onto the internet and start calling people “monkeys”, WHAT?!?!. I grew up in West Virginia and have family in Virginia, I’ve heard every racial slur in the book and monkey is not in cards. Racism in America is such a pathetic thing, I believe the true racist are the people that accuse others of being one. EDIT: I have no idea why this is indented.”— Courtesy from Giant Bomb Forum.

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What It Is.

My problem is slur and turmoil caused when it comes to African culture display, the fact remains: Africa is the cradle of mankind, Africa is the cradle of Simians, Africa is Epic in it’s own way, Africa itself is a Zoo. Did this made Barack Obama not to become President of United States of America World Super power? Did it make Lupita Nyong’o not to win Oscars? Did it make the Late Professor Wangari Maathai not to win Nobel Peace Prize? So many Africans are rising to the bar because they’ve encountered such frustrations and have smartly overcome them.

These are minority group of haters and Critics who must be there for complete society ecosystem

It has not always been of Monkey images but also now eating of banana in public space can easily spark racial allegations when actually banana is a fruit and edible food. This is too much exaggeration on racial sensitivity. On the other hand, banana is sexually-related  as it symbolises a part of male reproductive organ (Penis) “Phallos” . Sorry for use of that language but that’s it!

Despite marketing agencies who have become the site of libido and persistent victim of Racial insensitive adverts, we too have become petty. We Africans are so much into Western Culture and perhaps if it was a crime, majority would be victims of the crime and that’s the West Culture. Africans too have cultures, some of which we’ve more often felt demeaning and downgrading because of perception and guilt. And the problem should be if these ‘chocking’ cultures turns violent, if they’re bringing about  inequality or other social injustices but if not then let them be.

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Africa is the origin of resources, it’s a pride. The West only advances these resources. Perhaps deep rooted radicalization in Africans by Anti-Racist activists and Institutions who though are in the right track, have spilled the beans.

What Shall End Racism.

For Global end of racism, it must begin in Africa itself and measures to be taken is; we must straight away learn how to survive and live without Western Financial aids, Grants or Funds. Show  genuinely extreme Independency and that ‘We can do without your aid’ then do business as tycoons on the same level. This can create boundary with respect and of respect, abandon monotony of parasitism(aids) and build up Mutualism. When that time come, we will be better of and respect will be on board, racism on basis of Superiority and Inferiority will be history. After all, Money and Materialistic Wealth is the root of these evil.

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Why Lupita Nyongo’s Brother Junior Is In A Dress And Wearing A Thong



Junior Nyong’o

Creativity is the beauty of art, for the past week nude photos of Kisumu Governor’ Son Junior in a red dress posing in a thong has been doing rounds on Kenyan media pages creating much controversies and rumors with some saying he’s gay, some alluded he was getting initiated into the Illuminati world to join Hollywood, there have been even more ridiculous ones.

However, turns out Junior who’s also a model was working with one of Kenya’s most talented photographers  Lyra Aoko on a project ‘what if Adam was Eve’ with a theme of femininity is not weakness.

She simply reversed the traditional story of the Bible that God made men first and created woman out of his rib while the man was in deep sleep. In her concept, Lyra visualizes a scenario where the woman is created first, the man who eats the forbidden fruit.

Explaining her objective of the project, Lyra say it was aimed at creating visuals challenging the
stereotypes related to gendered clothing. “This is the most powerful force perpetuating the fashion divide; the fact that we have all been trained from anearly age to regard some clothes asstrictly for men, and other clothes asstrictly for women. And anyone who refuses to follow this code is seen as
making a huge statement.”

Not only in Africa, worldwide, femininity has been seen as weakness so by visualizing a man in the exact shoes, she says, “The most telling part about all this is what it says about the value we attach to
masculinity and femininity. When a man wears pants and trousers most people will think little of it. The rules arehowever very different for men wearing clothes that are deemed to be for women.”

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“Underlying these reactions is a profound disrespect for women and all that we associate with femininity. In the end, the “rules” around gendered clothes aren’t about fashion, or taste. They’re about how we mark difference, enforcing and reiterating restrictive ideas about what it is to be a girl or a boy,
a man or a woman. Perhaps this is the real issue; that to challenge the rules of fashion is to challenge our settled ideas about gender roles.” She summarizes.

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Dennis Itumbi Writes Jacque Maribe’s Son A Touching Letter



Emotional Maribe when Itumbi surprised her live on air to wish her a happy birthday

To Zahari,

This is a letter addressed to you in future,

I know one day the Internet will show you what has been said and written about Mum, Jacque Maribe.

As the search returns the results, may you also find this message.

Mum has friends, who stood by her because they know, she is the true definition of Love.

When she loved she gave her soul and heart as it should be. She loves with all she got. Pure and true.

As a friend, she was always available, even for smaller functions where friends do not have to turn up, she always showed up. Friendship is not an after-thought for her, it is a lifestyle.

That is why despite all the defence she has, she choose to say the only reason she wants Bail was because she wanted to be with you – Her love. – that is Mum for you.

To her friends Loyalty, to those she loves, wholesome sacrifice and endless affection.

Importantly, despite all that is written, we believe she is innocent.

By the time you read this in the future, she will be free, will have written a great book and all that negativity about her will have been replaced by the reality that Mum is a lovely human being.

We pray for Justice for all involved. It has been established by final verdicts in courts that Prosecutors and investigators are not always right.

We stretch a hand of friendship and sincere prayers to and for Mum.

She was not alone, through what Google may return as results, she lived well with people, in turn, her frirnds stood with her

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I am not a perfect friend, but like all her friends, we all aim for perfection, just like her.

God strengthen Mum.

via Itumbi

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NSFW: Kenya’s New Age Culture Of Transactional Sex Revealed On A BBC Documentary



Vera Sidika, Kenyan socialite flaunting her body on Instagram for her fan base.

BBC have just released a digital series called’Sugar’ which looks at the rise of sugar daddy relationships in Kenya.

In Kenya and beyond, ‘sugar’ relationships have become mainstream. Transactional sex was once driven by poverty, but now, increasingly, it’s driven by vanity. More and more young women are using sugar daddies to fund a lifestyle worth posting on social media.

Older men have always used gifts, status, and influence to buy access to young women. The sugar daddy has probably been around, in every society, for as long as the prostitute. So you might ask: “Why even have a conversation about transactional sex in Africa?”

The answer is that in Kenya, and in some other African countries, “sugar” relationships seem to have become both more common and more visible: what once was hidden is now out in the open – on campuses, in bars, and all over Instagram.

Exactly when this happened is hard to say. It could’ve been in 2007 when Kim Kardashian’s infamous sex tape was leaked, or a little later when Facebook and Instagram took over the world, or perhaps when 3G internet hit Africa’s mobile phones.

But somehow, we have arrived at a point where having a “sponsor” or a “blesser” – the terms that millennials usually apply to their benefactors – has for many young people become an accepted, and even a glamorous lifestyle choice.

Until recently there was no data to indicate how many young Kenyan women are involved in sugar relationships. But this year the Busara Centre for Behavioural Economics conducted a study for BBC Africa in which they questioned 252 female university students between the ages of 18 and 24. They found that approximately 20% of the young women who participated in the research has or has had a “sponsor.”

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The sample size was small and the study was not fully randomised, so the results only give an indication of the possible numbers, they cannot be taken as definitive. Also, only a small percentage openly admitted to having a sugar daddy; the researchers were able to infer that a number were hiding the truth from answers they gave to other questions, using a technique called list randomisation.

Huddah, another Kenyan socialite flaunts her body on the popular network Instagram. These are the pioneers of the new age prostitution culture where young girls use such networks to sell their body.

But interestingly, when talking about others, not about themselves, the young women estimated on average that 24% of their peers had engaged in a transactional sexual relationship with an older man – a figure very close to that reached by the researchers.

Jane, a 20-year-old Kenyan undergraduate who readily admits to having two sponsors, sees nothing shameful in such relationships – they are just part of the everyday hustle that it takes to survive in Nairobi, she says.

She also insists that her relationships with Tom and Jeff, both married, involve friendship and intimacy as well as financial exchange.

“They help you sometimes, but it’s not always about sex. It’s like they just want company, they want someone to talk to,” she says.

She says that her religious parents brought her up with traditional values, but she has made her own choices. One of her motives, she says, is to be able to support her younger sisters, so they won’t need to rely on men for money. But she has also been inspired by Kenya’s celebrity “socialites” – women who have transformed sex appeal into wealth, becoming stars of social media.

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In the past, some of Kenya’s socialites have styled themselves as #SlayQueens, and have been quite upfront about the financial benefits that have come from dating tycoons. Having made it to the top, though, they often begin to cultivate a different image – presenting themselves as independent, self-made businesswomen and encouraging Kenyan girls to work hard and stay in school.

The millions of fans scrolling through their Instagram posts, though, are not blind. The sudden emphasis on entrepreneurship does not hide the fact that these women used their sex appeal to create opportunities in the first place. And many – quite understandably – are attempting to apply this methodology to their own lives.

These young women  have come of age in the last decade, bombarded since childhood with images of female status built on sex appeal. But according to Crystal Simeoni, an expert on gender and economic policy, Kenyan society encourages sugar relationships in other ways too.

If women have become more willing to profit financially from their youth and beauty, she says, it’s partly because of Kenya’s gross economic inequalities, lack of social mobility, and widespread corruption.

“The way things are constructed in this country makes it so much harder for a smaller person to make ends meet,” she argues. Hard work won’t get them anywhere. “They have to get a sponsor, rob a bank, or win a tender.”

Michael Soi, a well-known artist whose paintings satirise Kenya’s culture of transactional sex, takes a similar but more cynical view, attributing the phenomenon more to laziness and a get-rich-quick mentality than to structural injustice.

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The days of waking up early and working from morning to night are behind us, he says: “Right now the ass is the new brain, and this is what you use to get what you want.”

Dr Joyce Wamoyi from the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania says girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24 have consistently been at higher risk of HIV infection than any other section of the population in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sugar relationships, she says, are contributing to these risks because the women who engage in them do not have the power to insist on the use of condoms. “With sex work, men are more likely to use condoms because it’s more explicit that this is selling and buying.”

For many young Kenyans, the values espoused in families, schools, and churches simply do not align with the economic realities of the country, or cannot compete with the material temptations that, in the age of reality TV and social media, are everywhere visible.

Even within the family, most Kenyan girls have it drummed into them from an early age that they must marry a rich man, not a poor one. It’s taken for granted in these conversations that men will provide the money on which women will survive. So for some it’s only a small step to visualising the same transaction outside marriage.

“What is wrong about sex anyway?” asks Jane. “People just make it sound wrong. But sometimes, it ain’t wrong at all.”

Adopted from BBC

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